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Alas, Poor Darwin: Arguments Against Evolutionary Psychology

edited by Hilary Rose and Steven Rose
New York: Harmony Books, 2000. 346 pages.

The authors whose essays appear in Alas, Poor Darwin argue that "the claims of evolutionary psychology rest on shaky empirical evidence, flawed premises, and unexamined political presuppositions." Included are essays by Dorothy Nelkin, Charles Hencks, Gabriel Dover, Mary Midgley, Stephen Jay Gould, Hilary Rose, Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Annette Karmiloff-Smith, Patrick Bateson, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Tom Shakespeare and Mark Erickson, Ted Benton, Tim Ingold, and Steven Rose. Richard Lewontin praised Alas, Poor Darwin as "a superb collection of essays debunking this latest attempt to hijack Darwin," adding, "Anyone who has been seduced by the claims of 'evolutionary psychology' should read this book."